Today I wish a happy and healthy day to all who served our Nation in times of war and peace and take a moment to remember the fallen. I always call my Dad today and give a special thanks to my favorite Veteran. As a kid growing up it was nothing special to have a Dad who served ,being the last generation to live under the draft all my friend’s Dads had served in one capacity or another. All of Dad’s friends were Veterans too. They would tell us kids the lighter side of war. Tales of softball games at firebases, the clean versions of R and R at exotic Asian places, getting yelled at to “di di mau“, and “police” the area was just how we were raised. It wasn’t until I got a bit older and was included into the company of men that I’d here the not so fun side of war. The stories became a bit darker and the humor a bit grim. Stories like “3 July 1966” curled my toes. My Dad would say that everyday since that day have been a gift, and he still feels the pain of leaving 20 friends on top of that mountain for the night 45 years later. It wasn’t until then that I realized how much my father had done to get that blue pin that hung above his other decorations in a seldom used closet at Grandma’s house. So on Veteran’s Day all I can do is stand back and admire the tough old man who raised me and marvel at what he went through for his country and to make sure he gets his free meal at Applebee’s. I hope my son will look up to me like I look up to my Dad.
So there you have it Veteran’s Days…A son’s tribute.
Affiliate Disclosure: I am grateful to be of service and bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases I will receive a referral commission. Your support in purchasing through these links enables me to keep the content train rolling